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Broccoli Tater Tots
Broccoli tater tots are my new favorite way to eat broccoli! With just four ingredients, and being vegan, it makes a perfect delicious snack that I can serve any guest in my home.
Tater tots are just a really fun reminiscent memory of all of our childhoods. Who doesn’t love a good tater tot?
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Have you tried making these delicious broccoli tater tots yet? Come on in and I’ll teach you how! It is so easy, you’ll be amazed you didn’t give it a try sooner.
Broccoli Tater Tots Ingredients
Potato, 1, peeled and diced into cubes I used a russet for this recipe
Broccoli, 1 medium sized floret you can use frozen, but I prefer fresh
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Broccoli Tater Tots Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and dice the potatoes into small cubes. They can be any size you want, but this will be what makes the cooking time vary. The smaller they are, the shorter the cooking time. The bigger they are, the longer the cooking time.
Chop the broccoli into pieces at the same time.
Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender, but not falling apart.
Using a colander, drain the water and then set the potatoes aside to cool. You want them to be cool enough to touch.
As the potatoes are cooking, you can either boil or steam the broccoli until it is fully cooked and fork-tender. Let it sit for a few minutes and cool down
Place the broccoli in a food processor and blend until it is in very small pieces. It will end up looking like the wet version of the leftover flowers that come off the top when you chop it into pieces. It took two batches of this for me in my food processor.
Place the broccoli in some cheesecloth and wring out the excess moisture. I prefer to do this over a mixing bowl with a strainer inside. I am messy at times, and this saves me time, cleanup, and wasted product, if the broccoli escapes the cheesecloth.
In another mixing bowl, put the potatoes in and gently mash them. I went with a really rustic and simplistic mash for a bit more texture. If you want a really quality mash, use a ricer. If you want more shreds, use a box grater. There are options!
Once you have the potatoes mashed, add in the broccoli, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Now it is time to make broccoli tater tots!
Once everything is mixed, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I used a cookie scoop to make my tater tots for the sake of consistency, but you can also use your hands and form the tots into small balls. The key is consistency in size so they all cook at the same rate.
Place them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and allow the tots to firm up and adhere together better.
Once that is done, bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy.
If you aren’t wanting a strictly vegan dish, you could add some cheddar cheese into this recipe for an ooey-gooey melted cheese factor.
If you’re wanting to keep it vegan, look for a vegan cheese that melts well, like mozzarella.
For an added texture and to help them stay together, you could add some bread crumbs if needed.
The next time I make these, I’m going to add in garlic powder, just to give it a little more depth of flavor.
Why I Love This Recipe
Well, we are talking about tater tots, so I feel like that says it all right there. But besides the obvious, this recipe is so easy to make. It is vegan, and healthy. It makes a really fun spin on the traditional tater tot.
The fact that it only takes four ingredients and two are pantry staples, salt and pepper, it is an incredibly simplistic recipe. Which I don’t think are ever given enough credit. It is easy to forget the old saying that less is more, but it definitely applies here.
My husband, Nathan, inhaled half the cookie sheet worth once they came out of the oven. He clearly liked them. He stood at the stove and just grazed on these as I was preparing the rest of the meal. Sometimes we both end up doing this when a recipe turns out to be delicious. That seems to be the first thing I notice. Did we stop and graze before it was actually served?
This recipe with just one potato and one broccoli floret makes all of the tots you see in the picture above. Which seemed like a lot for such a small amount of potatoes and broccoli. A little goes a long way!
The fact you can make so many tots from a small amount of potatoes and broccoli means there likely will not be leftovers, but this is a recipe that can stretch and feed a crowd as an appetizer very easily.
Have you tried making these broccoli tater tots? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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